The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-10-02T22:52:36Z ICT Geelong relaunched with new skills and advocacy charter for the region 2018-10-02T22:52:36Z ict-geelong-relaunched-with-new-skills-and-advocacy-charter-for-the-region Industry group ICT Geelong has been relaunched following a series of meetings of the region’s tech community, despite the end of the State Government’s Skilling the Bay funding program. ICT Geelong chairman Jason Steinwedel said “feedback from a very successful series of meetups and allied events has helped redefine our charter.” Those events were convened by Stephanie Beitzel whose contract as CEO finished with the end of the funding program. “Much of what we see as our new charter emerged from the work undertaken by Stephanie Beitzel in convening events and in engaging with individual technical professionals. We are indebted to her for this feedback and contribution to our future,” Mr Steinwedel said. “This feedback, combined with the industrial and commercial growth in the Geelong region in the past two to three years, has redefined what ICT Geelong must do to become recognised as the region’s peak body for information and communications technology.” ICT Geelong estimates the region will need to fill more than 750 IT positions over the next five years, an increase of about 10 percent annually over the current IT staff numbers. Until now ICT Geelong has been focused on meeting State Government funding requirements for the delivery of innovation with a startup culture in mind. “We are now committed to a change in direction to identify shortages in ICT skills in the region and to develop those skills,”Mr Steinwedel explains. “Additionally we are expanding our role to industry and commerce by identifying opportunities and assisting in the implementation of information technologies for economic growth. This will see ICT Geelong becoming a forum for the region’s CIOs representing commerce, manufacturing, education, health and local government.” Ends      YARRA RANGES FINDS THE IDEAL WAY TO SEARCH HUGE EMAIL ARCHIVE 2017-11-21T00:01:03Z yarra-ranges-finds-the-ideal-way-to-search-huge-email-archive Yarra Ranges Council is the first local government authority in Victoria to embrace a total turnkey solution for its search requirements, having engaged IT services and solutions company iPLATINUM to supply its iFerret solution on specially configured hardware. The turnkey solution combines a hardware and software configuration ensuring iFerret can achieve optimal performance levels while searching the Council’s huge email archive and other systems. Yarra Ranges has a policy of retaining all emails so once it had decided that iFerret was its preferred solution, it faced a dilemma. Did it deploy staff to configure a virtual machine to the exacting specifications needed to optimise iFerret and thereby take them away from high priority council tasks?  Well respected among Victorian councils for its information technology expertise Yarra Ranges said “no,” choosing instead to have iPLATINUM provide a machine, and thereby joining a growing number of councils embracing a total turnkey solution. Yarra Ranges’ enterprise systems business analyst, Michelle Harris explains “we had an overwhelming need to find information for FOI requests, our email archive was very large and information was stored in various locations in network drives, rather than the corporate document management system. “Each system we use - ECM, Pathway and Email Archive - has its own searching capabilities but we were after a single means of searching and collecting documentation and data in the one place,” she said. This approach means that nothing can fall through the gaps when performing searches for FOI information requests, insurance discovery, governance, compliance or customer service. “Feedback from users has been very positive,” Ms Harris said. “They love it. Our FOI discovery process has reduced previous search times by at least 50 percent.” The turnkey solution, including hardware and software, has not only exceeded Yarra Ranges search performance needs but makes the implementation and ongoing upkeep of the solution seamless from the Council’s perspective. The Victorian authority joins Stonnington in Victoria and NSW councils at Gosford, Hornsby, Bega Valley, Coffs Harbour and Georges River in embracing a total solution strategy.     About iPLATINUM iPLATINUM is an IT services and solutions provider focusing on specialist consulting, executive information, eBusiness and enterprise integration. The design, development and deployment of iFerret draw on iPLATINUM’s lengthy history of delivering innovative information solutions to Australian local government authorities. The company was formed in 2001. To find out more please visit www.iplatinum.com.au, GEELONG IT INVENTION TEST WINNERS FOCUS ON MEDICAL APPLICATIONS 2015-10-29T22:17:33Z geelong-it-invention-test-winners-focus-on-medical-applications-1 Please note this news release replaces that issued yesterday at 7.10pm 28 October AEST. The earlier release contained incorrect information. GEELONG IT INVENTION TEST WINNERS FOCUS ON MEDICAL APPLICATIONS The overall winner of the IT Invention Test conducted by ICT Geelong is Alberto Rizzoli whose company Aipoly is behind the development of an application which uses artificial intelligence to identify and narrate the viewpoint of a smartphone’s camera so that the blind can navigate independently. Aipoly, based in Melbourne, is understood to be the first company in the world to fully automate smartphone real-time all-object identification. Mr Rizzoli was presented with a $10,000 cash award and other prizes by ICT Geelong chairman, Nick Stanley, at yesterday’s Pivot Summit in Geelong. The winning application developed in Geelong is CNSDose, a cloud based medication guidance system to enable doctors and patients to reduce trial and error in the prescribing of anti-depressants.  It was developed by Dr Ajeet Singh who was awarded $5000 cash among a number of other prizes. The best seed entry, which is in the early stages of commercialisation, is Eye-Track-Me, developed by Sven Krome.  This is a customer relationship tool for eye surgery centres to keep potential customers informed by providing free and easy to use vision tests. Sponsors of the IT Invention Test include the City of Greater Geelong, Geelong Angels Investment Network and StartupCloud. About ICT Geelong ICT Geelong is the representative voice and peak body of the information & communications technology (ICT) industry in the Geelong region. Its foundation members are industry leaders from the private sector, experts from tertiary education institutions and community leaders from the public sector. ICT Geelong plays an important role in positioning the region to take advantage of IT infrastructure, entrepreneurship and skills development opportunities.   For further information on ICT Geelong: http://www.ictgeelong.com.au/ Geelong invention test offers $50,000 in prizes for IT entrepreneurs 2015-09-25T00:03:10Z geelong-invention-test-offers-50-000-in-prizes-for-it-entrepreneurs 'An investment pitching competition hosted by ICT Geelong is once again offering a total of $50,000 in prizes to talented IT entrepreneurs.   One of the attractions to this year’s competition will be an exclusive invitation for the top 10 submissions to attend an innovation masterclass facilitated by innovation experts and free tickets to a high impact forum and Innovation Masterclass to be held mid next year in Geelong.  Also, the top three submissions will have the opportunity to pitch to the Geelong Angels Investors Network.  "There is a growing appetite for entrepreneurship and innovation in the knowledge economy in Geelong. This is reinforced by the establishment of the Geelong Angel Investment Network, the HeadStart Accelerator and the potential development of co-working spaces,” says Mr Aamir Qutub, general manager of ICT Geelong.  iHorizon, a cloud-based enterprise planning and forecasting solution for big business, won the IT Invention Test in 2014.  Mr Qutub said, like all past winners iHorizonexemplified the “importance of providing a complete commercialisation pathway in Geelong for IT ventures with high potential – from pitching education to world-class entrepreneurship education, physical space and access to mentors and capital. These elements are certainly coming together in Geelong.”  Prizes in this year’s competition include; $10,000 cash for the best overall pitch 2 Free tickets to Pivot Digital Summit 2015 (http://pivotsummit.com.au/ )(28th Oct) Exclusive invitation to Pivot VIP dinner Free ticket to Innovation Masterclass to be held on 29th October Free tickets to 2 High Impact Forums and 2 Innovation Masterclass in 2016 One year free ICT Geelong Membership The best pitch from the Geelong region will also receive; $5,000 cash prize 2 Free tickets to Pivot Digital Summit 2015 (http://pivotsummit.com.au/ ) Exclusive invitation to Pivot VIP dinner Free Invitation to Innovation Masterclass 29th October One year free ICT Geelong Membership  Free tickets to 2 High Impact Forums and 2 Innovation Masterclass in 2016 Exclusive Opportunity to pitch to Geelong Angels Investment Network The closing date for submissions to this year’s IT invention test is 2 October. Winners will be announced October 24.  For further information visit http://itinventiontest.com.au/content.php?content_id=24  About ICT Geelong  ICT Geelong is the representative voice and peak body of the information & communications technology (ICT) industry in the Geelong region. Its foundation members are industry leaders from the private sector, experts from tertiary education institutions and community leaders from the public sector. ICT Geelong plays an important role in positioning the region to take advantage of IT infrastructure, entrepreneurship and skills development opportunities.   For further information on ICT Geelong: http://www.ictgeelong.com.au/ HOW GEELONG ICT COMPANIES CAN GET TO SILICON VALLEY 2015-08-27T03:48:01Z how-geelong-ict-companies-can-get-to-silicon-valley Serial entrepreneur Steven Salsberg will give Geelong ICT companies an insight into the challenges and issues of entering the US market in a free 2 hour seminar to be held at Deakin University next Friday 4 September. Hosted by ICT Geelong , the seminar will cover how and when to enter the US market, including topics such as accessing US capital, working with channel partners, value-added resellers and integrators and how to team with local ICT companies to tackle national and global markets. ICT Geelong is also providing three financial members with the opportunity for a free one-on-one consultation session with Mr Salsberg after the seminar. Steven Salsberg draws on more than 20 years of experience in financial and capital markets and cross border market entry during which he developed and sold two technology companies. He has also helped a number of clients to enter the US market and achieve their financial objectives. The seminar runs from 8.30am to 10.30am at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus. About ICT Geelong ICT Geelong is the representative voice and peak body of the information & communications technology (ICT) industry in the Geelong region. Its foundation members are industry leaders from the private sector, experts from tertiary education institutions and community leaders from the public sector. ICT Geelong plays an important role in positioning the region to take advantage of IT infrastructure, entrepreneurship and skills development opportunities.   For further information on ICT Geelong: http://www.ictgeelong.com.au/ Digital entrepreneur to head Geelong IT advocacy group 2015-01-06T02:38:45Z digital-entrepreneur-to-head-geelong-it-advocacy-group ICT Geelong (the Geelong Region ICT Cluster) has appointed digital entrepreneur Mr.  Aamir Qutub, as its new general manager. He takes over from Craig Hill who has led the Cluster since its establishment in 2009. Announcing the appointment, the chairman of ICT Geelong and CEO of Sky Software, Nick Stanley, said “there are many exciting opportunities and challenges ahead for ICT Geelong and the local IT industry. “Aamir has been a very active member of our IT community over the past 18 months and will prove a valued leader in this role.” Mr. Qutub founded digital consultancy, Enterprise Monkey and has also established the Geelong Entrepreneurs Club to promote technology entrepreneurship in the region. He has led a digital hub plan facilitated through the City of Greater Geelong and been involved in the development of other projects including a regional IT R&D and commercialisation plan with ICT Geelong.  “I have a real passion for Geelong region and for the opportunity of playing a key leadership role in growing an innovative IT industry. I look forward to working with the local industry players and helping to realise new opportunities,” he said. About ICT Geelong ICT Geelong is the representative voice and peak body of the information & communications technology (ICT) industry in the Geelong region. Its foundation members are industry leaders from the private sector, experts from tertiary education institutions and community leaders from the public sector. ICT Geelong plays an important role in positioning the region to take advantage of IT infrastructure, entrepreneurship and skills development opportunities.   For further information on ICT Geelong: http://www.ictgeelong.com.au/ Not for profit and business collaborate to target improvements in delivering human services 2014-11-04T03:59:33Z not-for-profit-and-business-collaborate-to-target-improvements-in-delivering-human-services Business solutions company FlowConnect Pty Ltd has launched a consulting division to help non-government organisations (NGOs) and other service providers to transition to new business models required under the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Consumer Directed Care.  In an innovative collaboration with not-for-profit organisation Richmond Fellowship Tasmania (RFT), the new business arm called FlowConnect Consulting will provide services enabling NGOs to manage the changes required by these new Federal Government initiatives. Underpinning these consulting services is access to information systems specifically directed at the delivery of human care.  Heading the consulting business as national consulting services manager is Mr Danny Sutton.  FlowConnect’s chief executive officer Colin Hoschke said “FlowConnect Consulting will capitalise on Mr Sutton’s private sector experience and his recent not-for-profit expertise as the chief executive of Richmond Fellowship Tasmania (RFT) to help NGOs address the issues they are confronting in a fast changing market.”  Mr Sutton said “at RFT we found transitioning to the NDIS affected every part of our organisation. We had to confront a broad range of challenges, such as the additional cash flow required under a payment-in-arrears model, how we would market our services directly to consumers and how our staff recorded their time.  “If we took too narrow a view of change, there would always be risks that could not be managed or controlled effectively. So, we focused on driving outcomes for our consumers and transforming our organisation to make it happen. This has been a two year journey so far.  “As the arrival of NDIS looms many NGOs are finding they need additional experience to address a range of issues. At a high level those issues include evaluations of organisational preparedness and the development of strategic NDIS market entry plans,” Mr Sutton said.  Under the partnership, Richmond Fellowship Tasmania and FlowConnect will share resources and experience to develop and implement transformational best practices in the areas such as outcomes based management, business process design and organisational alignment, activity based funding, workforce optimisation, client-centred planning and service delivery and the use of mobile solutions for remote workers.  The new consulting business will also market its services to other organisations in the welfare, health, housing and mental health sectors which will look for implementation support for the required business transformation initiatives and the change management which accompanies such processes. Other clients will need complex business process management solutions or will be case management oriented businesses.  Operating from the C3 centre in South Hobart, FlowConnect Consulting will provide services nationally and internationally.  A graduate of the University of Tasmania and the Mt Eliza Business School, Mr Sutton has an Executive MBA and an extensive and successful career in the public and private sectors. His achievements with the strategic transformation of Richmond Fellowship Tasmania, a mental health services provider, were recognised last month with a global Workflow and Business Process Management Award in Chicago.  About FlowConnect Pty Ltd  FlowConnect Pty Ltd is an Australian based and owned company, established in 1994, which develops solutions focused on business process automation (BPA). Its flagship product, VisiCase, is a cloud-based service that supports the complex case management required in human care delivery, justice administration, and financial services. For more information visit www.flowconnect.com New case management system garners global recognition for Tasmanian health services providor 2014-09-05T01:21:37Z new-case-management-system-garners-global-recognition-for-tasmanian-health-services-providor Deployment of a radically new form of information system for case management has seen mental health services provider Richmond Fellowship Tasmania (RFT) named a finalist in the prestigious Workflow Management Coalition global awards for excellence in business process management and workflow. These awards recognise organisations that have excelled in implementing innovative business process solutions to meet strategic business objectives. Richmond Fellowship Tasmania (RFT) operates residential facilities and outreach services as well as a recreational program across the state.  CEO Danny Sutton outlined some of the achievements that saw RFT selected as a finalist for the Awards, the winners of which will be announced at the end of this month in Chicago. “Maintaining the same cost base in the initial seven months of operation we achieved a 10 percent increase in the number of consumers for whom we provide services. “This is complemented by savings in clerical and administration costs and underwritten by a cultural change program, the outcome of which has prepared RFT for the transition from block government funding to consumer-based insurance funded programs,” Mr. Sutton explains. The RFT system is based on VisiCase, a cloud-based service that supports the complex case management required in human care delivery, justice administration, and financial services.  It is developed by Sydney company FlowConnect Pty Ltd. “VisiCase supports a new consumer-centric approach to mental health care which has given us evidence that a more focused and better executed case management plan is assisting those people with mental health challenges to achieve their wellbeing goals at lower cost for the consumer,” Mr. Sutton said. By re-engineering its business processes and aligning them with the new system RFT now measures and manages its services to the delivery outcomes mandated by state and Federal government funding requirements. “The system provides a single plan for the consumer with a way of measuring outcomes that allows a support team to develop ideas and solutions for achieving the consumer’s goals and for tracking progress which ultimately saves time and money,” Mr. Sutton said. As the system is web-enabled it allows the best possible support team to provide input from wherever there is an internet connection. This means that Richmond Fellowship staff can be working in the north of Tasmania with a team in Hobart to contribute professional support and advice on the development and review of consumer plans. The other key benefit is that the system allows employees of Richmond Fellowship to manage the plans and to see real progress. The Awards are co-sponsored by Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) and BPM.com (BPM.com).As a finalist RFT will receive additional recognition by having its case study published in the annual edition of BPM Excellence in Practice by Future Strategies Inc. (Future Strategies Inc.) About Richmond Fellowship Tasmania RFT is a non-profit, non-government organisation without religious affiliation which currently provides care and services to more than 250 consumers across the state. The case study on which RFT's nomination was based can be found here http://www.flowconnect.com/solutions/visicase/case-study/ For more information visit www.rftas./org.au About FlowConnect Pty Ltd FlowConnect Pty Ltd is an Australian based and owned company, established in 1994, which develops solutions focused on business process automation (BPA). Its flagship product, VisiCase, is a cloud-based service that supports the complex case management required in human care delivery, justice administration, and financial services. For more information visit www.flowconnect.com Grants can help revitalise Geelong economy 2014-06-20T05:46:41Z grants-can-help-revitalise-geelong-economy Local businesses may not be taking advantage of the State and Federal Government grants to help establish or grow their enterprises. Either they may not be aware that they are eligible for a particular grant or they think it is just too difficult to explore what is available says a grants specialist. Matthew Fletcher, general manager of GrantReady, was addressing the second meeting of the newly formed Geelong Entrepreneurs group yesterday. “Grants are the Government’s way of helping to build certain parts of the economy,” he said. “In that respect the Geelong region is a unique environment for grants because of the focus on recent changes with Ford and Alcoa. While start-ups are commonly believed to be the major recipients of grants, established businesses wanting to expand or diversify should make themselves aware of the available grants.” Both State and Federal Governments want to encourage diversification of Geelong’s former industrial economy.  To that end, relevant grants cover such areas as research and development, skills development, design, export and trade partnerships, science and technology, biotechnology and business growth explains Mr Fletcher. But with more than 700 State and Federal grants available worth more than $50 billion it is a challenge for small businesses to determine their eligibility. To help in that task Grants Ready has developed Business GrantGuru, a free database of government grants for business. Businesses can register for free to receive email alerts about grants for which they may be eligible. The Geelong Entrepreneurs Group now has 70 members who meet to exchanges experiences and ideas about how to build their enterprises in the newly developing regional economy. To learn more about Geelong Entrepreneurs Meetup Group go to www.geelongentrepreneurs.com or email info@geelongentrepreneurs.com Ends Geelong Entrepreneurs Group to analyse Federal Government program 2014-06-13T08:28:59Z geelong-entrepreneurs-group-to-analyse-federal-government-program Discussion of the Federal Government’s proposed Entrepreneur’s Infrastructure program will be a key agenda item at the forthcoming meeting of the Geelong Entrepreneurs Group. The meeting will be held at Custom’s House 57-59 Brougham Street Geelong this Thursday June 19 from 6pm. Organiser Mr Aamir Qutub expects more than 30 people representing a range of entrepreneurial small businesses in the Geelong region to attend the second meeting of the Group. Launched last month, the Group now has 70 members. They meet to exchanges experiences and ideas about how to build their enterprises in a post-industrial environment. The Government’s full discussion paper can be found at http://www.industry.gov.au/industry/Pages/EstablishmentOfTheEntrepreneursInfrastructureProgrammeDiscussionPaper.aspx​ To learn more about Geelong Entrepreneurs Meetup Group go to www.geelongentrepreneurs.com or email info@geelongentrepreneurs.com Ends Information system supports a new ways of managing mental health 2014-06-02T03:27:35Z information-system-supports-a-new-ways-of-managing-mental-health Deployment of a radically new form of information system for case management has enabled mental health services provider Richmond Fellowship Tasmania to achieve a range of financial and operational benefits that point the way to a new era in managing mental health. Addressing delegates at a major disability services seminar in Sydney last week, Richmond Fellowship Tasmania CEO Danny Sutton said the VisiCase case management system represented a significant advance on conventional information systems. “VisiCase has been deployed to support a new consumer-centric approach to mental health care which has the potential to significantly improve the planning and delivery of services in the sector at a lower cost to the community,” Mr. Sutton said. VisiCase is developed by Australian company FlowConnect Pty Ltd. “The new VisiCase system has already provided us with evidence where a more focused and better executed case management plan is assisting people with mental health challenges to achieve their wellbeing goals at lower cost for the consumer. “The system provides a single plan for the consumer with a way of measuring outcomes that allows a support team to develop ideas and solutions for achieving the consumer’s goals and for tracking progress which ultimately saves time and money,” Mr. Sutton said. As the system is web-enabled it allows the best possible support team to provide input from wherever there is an internet connection. This means that Richmond Fellowship professional and staff can be working in the north of Tasmania with a team in Hobart to contribute professional support and advice on the development and review of consumer plans. The other key benefit is that the system allows employees of Richmond Fellowship to manage the plans and to see real progress. Mr. Sutton said “we have recently completed our three monthly consumer plan reviews using the system and I can see that consumers and staff are able to more clearly focus on their joint plans and more importantly can celebrate the successes of progress. “This is an important advance in creating a positive and achievement-focused culture within RFT. “In the longer term these innovative tools will provide the consumer with better outcomes at a lower cost to the community when compared to the current way services are planned and delivered,” he said. About Richmond Fellowship Tasmania Part of a worldwide organisation that supports members of the community suffering mental illness, Richmond Fellowship Tasmania (RFT) operates residential facilities and outreach services as well as a recreational program.  It’s a non-profit, non-government organisation without religious affiliation which currently provides care and services to more than 250 consumers across the state. For more information visit www.rftas./org.au About FlowConnect Pty Ltd FlowConnect Pty Ltd is an Australian based and owned company, established in 1994, which develops solutions focused on business process automation (BPA). Its flagship product, VisiCase, is a cloud-based service that supports the complex case management required in human care delivery, justice administration, and financial services. For more information visit www.flowconnect.com Geelong entrepreneurs meetup to help each other 2014-05-24T04:29:41Z geelong-entrepreneurs-meetup-to-help-each-other Twenty five people representing a range of entrepreneurial small businesses in the Geelong region have launched a group to exchange experiences and ideas about how to build their enterprises in a post-industrial environment. Expressions of interest from more than 50 people in the region so far have convinced organiser Mr Aamir Qutub that the Geelong Entrepreneurs Group should enjoy success similar to a group he established in India before he relocated to Geelong. “There are groups like this in Melbourne but I believe the Geelong business community needs a local focus,” he said. A landscape architect, physiotherapist, GP, e-business consultant, academic writer and a wedding planner were indicative of people in small, often one-person enterprises who wanted to exchange ideas to grow their businesses. They were among the 25 people who attended the inaugural networking meeting. A business broker from Melbourne spoke at the meeting and outlined how the adoption of e-commerce had streamlined the operations of his small company. His experience illustrated the sorts of benefits that a networking group can present to people in an informal environment. The next meeting of the Group will be held at 6pm Thursday June 19. To learn more about Geelong Entrepreneurs Meetup Group go to www.geelongentrepreneurs.com or email info@geelongentrepreneurs.com FlowConnect creates new position to support its business growth 2014-04-24T07:14:03Z flowconnect-creates-new-position-to-support-its-business-growth Leading case management software company, FlowConnect, announces that Eric Schwantler has been appointed to the newly created position of Business Development Manager. Prior to joining FlowConnect he was with Schneider Electric and several other companies specialising in industrial automation and software for critical infrastructure solutions. Eric has more than 25 years’ experience in management of full software lifecycle and development of customers and channels on a global basis. Based in Sydney, he assumes a range of responsibilities which will capitalise on his comprehensive expertise gained in Australia and abroad. CEO of FlowConnect, Colin Hoschke says “We will draw heavily on Eric’s achievements from product development and launch, to the building of a sales and support organisation which is able to meet the accelerating demand for our specialist cloud-based case management solutions in a professional and timely way.” With a certificate of engineering in electronics and computing from New Zealand’s Christchurch Polytechic Mr Schwantler began his career in New Zealand, broadened his experience with several relocations to the USA but the most part he has been based in Australia. About FlowConnect:  FlowConnect Pty Ltd is an Australian based and owned company, established in 1994, which develops solutions focused on business process automation (BPA).  The FlowConnect business process automation platform powers all the company’s solutions, enabling clients to embed and enforce business processes, quality and compliance in their operations. Its flagship product, VisiCase, is a cloud-based service that supports the complex case management required in justice administration, as well as the increasingly person-centred care requirements of human care delivery. Case management software company appoints IT industry veteran as chairman 2014-03-21T00:21:18Z case-management-software-company-appoints-it-industry-veteran-as-chairman Leading case management software company, FlowConnect, announced today that Dr Philip McCrea had been appointed Chairman of the Board.  CEO of FlowConnect, Colin Hoschke says “Our company is in a high growth phase and is enjoying great success with our specialist cloud-based Case Management solutions in niche markets. Phil’s high standing in the IT and Business Community, and extensive experience with providing IT services to Government will be of great benefit to us. “He has a wealth of knowledge of the local ICT industry, and in particular is a leading authority on cloud-based services. A former academic at UNSW, McCrea has had senior management roles in AAPT and CSIRO.  He headed up Softway for 5 years, and spent more than 12 years as CEO of ac3.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and Institute of Engineers Australia and is co-chairman of the NSW Pearcey Foundation. “I’m delighted to become chair of FlowConnect”, McCrea said. “I have been following the company with interest from some time.  Information is being centralised more and more these days and FlowConnect is brilliantly placed to contextualise this consolidated information and using its workflow engine to provide complex case management.” For further information please contact: Contact Colin Hoschke, CEO, on (02) 9034 6600. Contact Phil McCrea, Chairman,  0411 102548   Geelong technology forum to inspire innovators 2013-11-04T04:30:44Z geelong-technology-forum-to-inspire-innovators ICT Geelong (the Geelong Region ICT Cluster) has again secured the services of a number of international experts to address the business community on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.   The 4th annual Technology Entrepreneurship Forum, to be held on Thursday 28th November, will be co-hosted the industry’s peak body, the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).    The themes of this year’s forum will focus on what it takes to develop a globally competitive technology business as well as how to translate technology expertise into commercial success. The event provides a rare opportunity to hear from industry leaders from organisations including Freelancer, IBM, Alcatel Lucent and NICTA (Australia’s IT Centre of Excellence).     Adding a local flavor the Forum will celebrate some local technology entrepreneurship successes through a panel session which includes Robert Reed, director of FE Technologies, Nick Stanley, CEO of Sky Software and Adam Cunningham, CEO of DoMore.   The Forum is designed to inspire people with a passion of technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and start-ups. A highlight of the day will also be pitches from the top 3 submissions to ICT Geelong’s $50,000 IT Invention Test. The investment pitching competition, designed to uncover new IT innovations from aspiring entrepreneurs, will see the competitors vie for a range of prizes including tuition at one of a one-week Entrepreneurship & VC Program to University of California (Berkeley).   This year’s event is also sponsored by AIIA, Commercialisation Australia, the City of Greater Geelong, Deakin University, NICTA and the State Government of Victoria.   Presenters at the Forum include; ·         Kee Wong – Managing Director of eCentric Innovations & Chair of AIIA ·         Nikki Parker – Regional Director of Freelancer ·         Shivkumar Kalyanaraman – Chief Scientist of IBM Research Labs ·         Santosh Kulkarni – Founder and CTO of Scalify & Senior Researcher – NICTA ·         Liza Noonan – Director (Emerging Technology Commercialisation) – Alcatel Lucent ·         Benjamin Chong – Partner of Sydney Future Fund and General Partner – Right Click Capital   Event Information: 4th Annual Technology Entrepreneurship Forum 9am to 2pm Thursday 28 November Alex Popescu Room, Simonds Stadium, Geelong Registrations: www.aiia.com.au event page RSVPs: Close Monday 25 November 2013   About ICT Geelong   ICT Geelong is the representative voice and peak body for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry in the Geelong region. Its foundation members are industry leaders from the private sector, experts from tertiary education institutions and community leaders from the public sector. ICT Geelong’s vision is to establish the Geelong region as a major Victorian ICT precinct, and act as a significant player in the State Government’s vision to position Victoria as a globally recognised ICT region.